‘Who Does He Think He Is?’

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Lawyers have slammed the fact that Donald Trump will not be appearing in court and his testimony will be provided via video deposition in his latest lawsuit involving Efrain Galicia, the activist of Mexican origin who alleged that Trump’s security assaulted him outside Trump Towers during a peaceful protest back in September 2015, under his instructions.

Jury selection for the New York City civil trial that is set to take place at the Bronx Supreme Court reportedly started on Monday, October 31st, with legal veterans telling The Guardian that it doesn’t look good for the 76-year-old former president, and he should be very afraid of what the Bronx jury could do!

“He is not loved in the Bronx”

“I’m a civil rights lawyer. If I can get a case into the Bronx, I’ll move heaven and earth,” Randolph McLaughlin, Pace University law school professor and co-chair of Newman Ferrara LLP’s civil rights practice group told The Guardians. “Bronx juries, they engage in Robinhood-ism. They take from the rich and give to the rest of us – their verdicts are always generally right at the ceiling.”

“There’s no limit in the Bronx. They love to give money to the people,” McLaughlin continued. “Donald Trump, as much as he is loved in certain corners of the country, he is not loved in the Bronx.”

Video Deposit

As we mentioned earlier, Trump is not expected to make an in-person appearance, and his testimony will be provided via video deposition, which McLaughlin predicts will also not work in the former president’s favor!

“If jurors can take time out of their busy days to sit in judgment, you can’t take time out of your busy day?” McLaughlin questioned. “I don’t think it’s going to carry much weight. Jurors, inside themselves, are going to present the fact. Who does he think he is? He’s not going to show up to court?”

“I’ve said this before and I’ll say this again: the Bronx civil court is the greatest instrument of wealth redistribution since the Red Army,” Ron Kuby, a longtime New York City criminal defense attorney focused on civil rights added. “A Bronx jury is going to view this case with a fair eye and if they find that the defendant is liable, they are going to award massive sums.”

“While the compensatory damages are not great in the standard of major lawsuits – this isn’t Sandy Hook or Abner Louima, this is not a neurologist who had his wrist broken and can’t operate – the potential punitive damages are very substantial, and Trump will be personally liable for those as well as the individual defendants.”

However, Steve Cohen of Pollock Cohen LLP said that jurors won’t necessarily be biased against Trump, and he believed that the jurors will have an “open mind” before reaching their verdict. He said: “You never know how jurors are going to react and one might assume that a Bronx jury would be less receptive to former president Trump than jurors in other locations, but I have actually been on four juries through verdict, and jurors take their job very, very seriously, and I really believe that jurors will go in with an open mind and listen to the evidence.”

“That said, there’s a presumption – given everything that’s going on, nobody is unaware of all the other issues surrounding former president Trump – and it’s going to be very hard to separate this particular set of circumstances from the broader questions surrounding former president Donald Trump’s behavior,” he added.

Trump’s other legal woes

This legal battle is the tip of the iceberg, as Trump is also being investigated for the mishandling of secret documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, while Georgia prosecutors are still in the midst of investigating whether he tried to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential elections. And then, of course, Trump and his family are being sued by New York state attorney general Letitia James for fraud, while the former POTUS is also fighting a defamation lawsuit filed by writer E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of rape.

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